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Jobs and Internships for Veterans

Whatever your military branch or occupation background, you can find a job at CBP that builds upon your existing skillset. All military occupations are welcome to apply to our positions.

  • Border Patrol Agent: All military occupations are welcome to apply. If selected, you will go to the Border Patrol Academy where you will be trained in how to perform all functions of the job.
  • CBP Officer: All military occupations are welcome to apply. If selected, you will go to the CBP Officer Academy where you will be trained in how to perform all functions of the job.
  • Air Interdiction Agent: Military pilots may meet the minimum flight hour requirement.
  • Air Enforcement Agent: All military occupations are welcome to apply. If selected, you will be trained in how to perform all functions of the job.
  • Marine Interdiction Agent: As part of the application process you are required to pass a 3 part vessel assessment. Military experience with vessels is not required, but can serve as foundational knowledge to help pass the assessment. Agents receive full training in job duties when they come on-board.
  • CBP Office of Intelligence: Military members from the intelligence community may have skills that translate well to CBP’s office of intelligence.

Internships

Department of Defense, Operation Warfighter Program

CBP provides internships for service members who are convalescing at U.S. military treatment facilities nationally via its partnership with the Department Of Defense (DoD) Operation Warfighter (OWF) Program. This internship program matches qualified wounded, ill and injured service members with federal internships in order for them to gain valuable work experience during their recovery and rehabilitation. Participants continue to receive their active duty salary throughout their internship.

The OWF experience assists with the service members’ reintegration to duty, or transition into the civilian work environment where they are able to employ their newly acquired skills in a non-military work setting.

If you are a wounded, ill or injured service member looking for an opportunity as an intern within CBP, please contact warriorcare@osd.mil@osd.mil or your OWF Regional Coordinator via the map on the aforementioned website today who will then work with CBP to identify an internship host location.

Department of Defense, SkillBridge Program

DoD SkillBridge program internships provide opportunities for transitioning service members, with and without anticipated service-connected disability conditions, to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of service (6 months) in any non-law enforcement GS series and grade in the National Capital Region. (The National Capital Region encompasses not only Washington, D.C., but Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland; Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon, and Price William counties in Virginia.) This program affords CBP hiring managers access and leverage to the world’s most highly trained and motivated workforce at no cost. Participants receive their military compensation and benefits, and industry partners provide the training and work experience while hosting interns from this program in a volunteer status with zero cost to the agency.

CBP hiring managers have access to interview and select SkillBridge internship candidates up to one year prior to them separating from the military. This affords CBP the ability to complete a full agency Background Investigation (BI) on prospective participants required of the GS series/grade for these internships. Full BIs are expected to be completed within six months, which leaves six months of internship participation available to interns from this program. 

Department of Veterans Affairs, Non-Paid Work Experience Program

Veterans Affairs (VA) Non-Paid Work Experience (NPWE) internships provide eligible veterans and service members with at least 20% service-connected disabilities who independently apply for and participate in the VA’s Veterans Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program the opportunity to obtain concurrent training and practical job experience within CBP program offices. Selectees receive a small monthly stipend from the VA. The VR&E program provides 48 months of educational entitlement to participating veterans enabling most NPWE veterans to complete their bachelor’s or master’s degrees, which aids their transition into CBP and other federal agencies. 

NPWE participants work full-time schedules for 6 to 12 months after they have completed the Background Investigation (BI) process. They receive provisional clearances and full BIs, depending on the level of access required for these internships. Provisional clearances, which provide CBP email and basic Internet access, take three months or fewer to complete. A full BI is initiated once the provisional clearance has been granted and can take an additional three to four months to complete. If the internship requires a full BI, program offices must wait for its completion before the internship can begin.

CBP’s Veterans Internship Programs are only available to agency program offices planning on using them to hire transitioning service-members and veterans based on their successful performance in these internships.  Please email CBP’s national Veterans Employment Program Manager, Jeff Jack at jeffrey.r.jack@cbp.dhs.gov, for more information on how to participate in these programs.

Last modified: 
August 6, 2021